SOME COMMON PSYCHOSOMATIC DISORDERS AMONG WOMEN EXPOSED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE SAUDI SOCIETY IN LIGHT OF SOME DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES
The study aimed at revealing some common psychosomatic disorders in a sample of Saudi women who were subject to domestic violence in the Saudi society in the light of various demographic variables. Structured interviews were conducted with 264 participants who were susceptible to moderate and severe domestic violence. The researcher developed a scale to measure this domestic violence in order to diagnose its intensity and another to identify the psychosomatic disorders. Hence, the psychosomatic characteristics of the two scales were verified. Following the data analysis, the results showed that there were average psychosomatic, physical, psychological and social symptoms among the abused women. There was also a positive correlation between the abuse and the psychosomatic, physical, psychological and social symptoms. Similarly, there was a correlation between the abuse and the level of education, which was more intense among women with high levels of education. However, there was no correlation between the level of abuse and the women's age, or the number of children she has. According to the findings of this study some conclusions were drawn including providing more attention and care to the abused women with high education levels, suffering psychological and social symptoms.